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Requiring a 72 Hour 'Period of Availability' Before Legislation Can Be Brought for a Vote (H. Res. 689)

Washington, July 29, 2009 - Congressman Posey introduced legislation with 34 of his colleagues to amend rules of the House to require a 72 hour period of availability before legislation can be brought up for consideration in the House of Representatives. The bill, H. Res. 689, also requires that a print comparing current law with the proposed law be made available to Members of Congress and the public for at least 72 hours before legislation can be considered. This not only applies to the underlying bill to be considered but also to any manager’s amendment or other amendment that makes significant changes to the bill.

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